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Obama's Immigration Order To Give Tech Industry Some, Leave 'Em Wanting More

creimer Re:Don't wory they will be exempt from Obamacare (172 comments)

Health policy should be an exception. If someone has ebola and they're turned away at the ER because they're not a legal citizen, ebola will spread in the community. Diseases don't care if someone is legal or illegal.

2 days ago
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It's Not Developers Slowing Things Down, It's the Process

creimer Re:Nope... Nailed It (178 comments)

But in the corporate world, investing in yourself is usually trouble.

I worked at one company that wouldn't train workers since management was afraid that they would get certified and go work for a competitor. Never mind that most employees were training themselves, getting certified and leaving for a competitor anyway.

2 days ago
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It's Not Developers Slowing Things Down, It's the Process

creimer Untie the bonuses from the schedule... (178 comments)

When I worked as a lead video game tester at Accolade/Infogrames/Atari (same company, different owners, multiple personality disorder), my schedule estimate for code release was always accurate (+/- two weeks). Unlike the developers and producer, I didn't get a completion bonus for hitting the milestone dates. Their bonuses would fly out the window because they spent so much time trying to hit milestone date that the game couldn't pass QA. Not my fault that they can't code in a timely fashion.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Workaday Software For BSD On the Desktop?

creimer Re:Easiest way... if you have money to burn (264 comments)

I had a Black MacBook (2006) that lasted eight years before giving up the ghost. A well spent $1,200 for a system that gave me less trouble than a comparable Windows laptop. I'm willing to pay a premium for a system that just works.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Workaday Software For BSD On the Desktop?

creimer Easiest way... (264 comments)

Get a Mac.

2 days ago
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Google Maps Crunches Data, Tells You When To Drive On Thanksgiving

creimer Re:Back in the 1990's (61 comments)

Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd... why not?

2 days ago
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Google Maps Crunches Data, Tells You When To Drive On Thanksgiving

creimer Re:Back in the 1990's (61 comments)

We could see the hood ornament on the car clearly, and the light beams inside the fog beyond that. If a car was in front of us, my father would have seen their running lights with enough time to slam on the brakes.

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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

creimer Re:So close, so far (541 comments)

I worked for a American company that was bought out by a French competitor when the "I Love You" virus broke out. All the American workers got multiple emails from the French management team saying that they loved us. That didn't kill the mail server. The Symantec AV scanner on the mail server sent out an email notification whenever a virus-infected got removed. That killed the mail server. The French management team never understood why we hated them.

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Google Maps Crunches Data, Tells You When To Drive On Thanksgiving

creimer Re:Back in the 1990's (61 comments)

So you could tell it was someone traveling at 100mph even though you couldn't see them?

We were going 40MPH. The other driver had to be going twice as fast, if not faster, to rock our car in passing. People driving 100MPH on California freeways isn't unheard of.

You're a liar and a jerk.

Obviously by someone who flunked physics in school.

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Google Maps Crunches Data, Tells You When To Drive On Thanksgiving

creimer Back in the 1990's (61 comments)

I took the train up to Sacramento to visit my parents and we drove back on Thanksgiving Day to visit my brother's family in Silicon Valley. We had zero visibility fog that morning. With little traffic on the freeway, my father drove at 40MPH in the slow lane. Some idiot in the next lane over drove past at 100MPH. We didn't see him in the fog, we felt him as his passage rocked our car. A few years prior to that, Sacramento had a 100+ car pileup because someone drove that fast in the fog.

2 days ago
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Crowdfunded Linux Voice Magazine Releases First Issue CC-BY-SA

creimer Re:PDF? PDF??? (62 comments)

Let's not forget the ASCII cover art.

4 days ago
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Coding Bootcamps Presented As "College Alternative"

creimer Re:Trade school alternative, maybe (226 comments)

Didn't people USED to go to college for the educational purpose of building a broad understanding of human knowledge -- history, literature, humanities, science, foreign languages, etc?

That's so old school these days. Most people go to school to qualify for a career that makes them boatloads of money with the least amount of effort. When I went back to school to learn computer programming after the dot com bust, computers were out and health care was the new money major. Computer classes got cancelled, health care classes had waiting lists.

The best I see these bootcamps is replacing some trade schools or community college technical programs. They might have value for people with an IT background but employed and looking for a new skill to market.

Bootcamps are wonderful if you have the time to learn a lot of material in a short time. I don't think it should replace community college classes. I earned my A.S. degree in computer programming by taking two classes per semester and working 80 hours per week for five years. I even made the president's list for maintaining a 4.0 GPA in my major. That experience changed me in a fundamental way.

5 days ago
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Coding Bootcamps Presented As "College Alternative"

creimer Re:Community college bubble... (226 comments)

Your college chose a preferred textbook that required a piece of software that it (the college, not the book) didn't have?

The preferred textbook was fine until the Microsoft site license expired and the college didn't have the money to renew it due to state budget cuts from the dot com economy going bust. Java was FREE to use. Instructors and students had to learn the new language together.

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Coding Bootcamps Presented As "College Alternative"

creimer Re:Community college bubble... (226 comments)

Not at the community college level. I was learning programming to get a job as a white box tester after being a black box tester at a video game company for six years. I wanted to learn a variety of languages while in school. All I got was too much Java, a piece of VB6 (before the site license expired), and a few C/C++ assignments in my Linux administration classes.

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China Brushes Out Distinctive Hues of Names

creimer creimer writes  |  more than 5 years ago

creimer writes "The New York Times is reporting that some Chinese citizens will have to change their name for the new identity cards.

"The bureau's computers, however, are programmed to read only 32,252 of the roughly 55,000 Chinese characters, according to a 2006 government report. The result is that Miss Ma and at least some of the 60 million other Chinese with obscure characters in their names cannot get new cards — unless they change their names to something more common.""

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creimer creimer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Christopher D. Reimer writes "The New York Times is reporting the death of John W. Backus, 82, creator of the FORTRAN programming language. From the article: 'Mr. Backus and his youthful team, then all in their 20s and 30s, devised a programming language that resembled a combination of English shorthand and algebra. Fortran, short for Formula Translator, was very similar to the algebraic formulas that scientists and engineers used in their daily work. With some training, they were no longer dependent on a programming priesthood to translate their science and engineering problems into a language a computer would understand.'"
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creimer creimer writes  |  about 8 years ago

Chris Reimer writes "The San Jose Mercury News is reporting that only one percent of web pages are sexually explict. From the article: 'A confidential analysis of Internet search queries and a random sample of Web pages taken from Google and Microsoft's giant Internet indices showed that only about 1 percent of all Web pages contain sexually explicit material. [...] The ACLU said the analysis, by Philip B. Stark, a professor of statistics at the University of California, Berkeley, did not appear to substantially help the Department of Justice in its effort to prove that criminal penalties are necessary to protect minors from exposure to sexually explicit information on the Internet.'"
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creimer creimer writes  |  about 8 years ago

Chris Reimer writes "The New York Times is reporting a federal investigation of the the Venezuelan owners of Smartmatic Corporation, a voting software company, and whether the anti-U.S. government is trying to influence the U.S. midterm elections. According to the article: 'Government officials familiar with the Smartmatic inquiry said they doubted that even if the Chávez government was some kind of secret partner in the company, it would try to influence elections in the United States. But some of them speculated that the purchase of Sequoia could help Smartmatic sell its products in Latin America and other developing countries, where safeguards against fraud are weaker.'"
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creimer creimer writes  |  about 8 years ago

Chris Reimer writes "Call me an old fart but I been trying to find a brand new manual typewriter at a reasonable price so I can fulfill my Hemingway fantasy of writing on a typewriter and drinking a shot between pages. (The MacBook is nice but falls a bit short in the fantasy department.) There seem to be only one model from two different vendors (the MS 25 from Olivetti and Royal). Does anyone know if there are other manual typewriters available?"
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creimer creimer writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Chris Reimer writes "The BBC is reporting that the American Bluegills fish is being used as an early warning system for dangerous substances in the local water supply. From the article: 'A small number of fish are kept in tanks which are constantly filled with water from the municipal supply. The computerised system registers changes in the fishes' vital signs and sends an alert when something is wrong. Since 11 September 2001, the US government has taken the threat of attacks on water supplies seriously.'"

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